Liverpool’s Plaza Community Cinema announces a special Comic Book Day

Plaza Community Cinema Comic Book Day 2023

Liverpool’s Plaza Community Cinema is to host a special Comic Book Day in March, an event that includes appearances by The Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard, 2000AD artist Leigh Gallagher and BEANO artist Nigel Parkinson, and two book launches.

Taking place on Saturday 25th March, the event will culminate in the screening of one DC and one Marvel film, the titles to be announced.

Come and meet artists, writers, and editors from Marvel Comics, DC Comics, 2000AD, The Walking Dead, and BEANO – a whole day of comic book fun, with fab comic book movies showing in the evening. Make a whole day of it!

Former Marvel editors and writers Tim Quinn and Alan Cowsill will kick off the event by telling Marvel’s world famous Editor-in-Chief Stan Lee’s story on the big screen. Following this, there will be interviews and audience Q & A’s with guests. Tim will also present a history of comic books.

All the guests will Meet & Greet on the day, and there will be opportunities for signings and on-the-spot sketches. Audience members are invited to attend in costume, and there will be a special prize awarded to the audience member in the best cosplay as judged by the guests.

The Guests

Charlie Adlard

Charlie Adlard has been a veteran of the comic industry for over 25 years. A former Comics Laureate, he’s spent the majority of his time since 2003 working on The Walking Dead, which finished in 2019, and has received many industry awards for his work on the series culminating in winning the Sergio Aragonés International Award for Excellence in Comic Art in 2019.

In his time as a cartoonist he has worked on many other projects as far reaching as Mars Attacks, The X-Files, Judge Dredd, Savage, Batman, X-Men, Superman etc and creator-owned projects closer to his heart like Astronauts In Trouble, Breath Of The Wendigo, Codeflesh, Rock Bottom, Vampire State Building, and White Death.

Nigel Parkinson
Nigel Parkinson

Nigel Parkinson draws Dennis (the Menace) and Gnasher and has drawn most other BEANO and The Dandy characters at some time or other for the weekly comic, the annuals, summer and winters specials and the latest “Boomics” books about Dennis and Beanotown.

Special BEANO projects such as 2021’s Royal Mail Dennis stamps and regular media stories involving BEANO-styled celebrities, from Rees Mogg to Little Mix, will all have been his work.

He was also responsible for the acclaimed “Harry Hill’s Adventures in TV Land” for The Dandy, and has drawn Thunderbirds, Grange Hill, Baywatch, Stingray, Count Arthur Strong, Ace Ventura Pet Detective, and more, over a 42 year career.

Alan Cowsill
Alan Cowsill

Alan Cowsill co-created Stormwatcher for Acme/Eclipse before working on Panini UK’s Marvel line and writing the first UK-originated Spider-Man strips for more than a decade.

He created the bestselling Jackie Chan Adventures, the award-winning Classic Marvel Figurine Collection, and the DC Super Hero Collection for Eaglemoss Publishing.

His books include Warzone: Dark Eden, DC Comics: A Year by Year Visual Chronicle, Marvel Avengers Character Encyclopaedia, and Spider-Man Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle.

Leigh Gallagher
Leigh Gallagher

Leigh Gallagher has been a professional comic book artist for 17-ish years.

Having drawn for DC Comics on titles such as LEGO Bionicle and Justice League Unlimited, he is now a proud art droid for The Mighty Tharg at 2000AD, on strips such as “Judge Dredd”, “Defoe”, and “Aquila”, and the epic alien invasion of Middle Earth story, “Kingmaker”.

Jason Quinn
Jason Quinn

Jason Quinn is the author of several award-winning graphic novels including Steve Jobs: Genius by Design and Gandhi: My Life is My Message, The Kaurava Empire and World War Two: Against the Rising Sun.

He is currently the editor and writer of Hero Time Presents: Batman and has worked on many magazines and comic books including Doctor Who Adventures, Spider-Man, and Ben 10. He is one part of the writing team known as The Brothers Quinn, responsible for such affronts to children’s literature as The Jolly Bloodbath.

Tim Quinn
Tim Quinn

Tim Quinn is the Quinn half of Quinn & Howett from Doctor Who Magazine, Marvel Comics and hundreds of other comic book titles over the last 50+ years.

Tim will be launching his updated autobiography Argh! I Was Spider-Man’s Editor, published by New Haven Publishing, telling all about his time in the comic book world. (More information below).

Along with his brother Jason he will also be re-launching their piratical novel, The Jolly Bloodbath, a tale of blood and gore during piratical days.

Lew Stringer
Lew Stringer

Lew Stringer has been a humour comics artist/writer for almost 40 years. Clients include Buster, The Dandy, BEANO, Oink!, VIZ, Doctor Who Magazine, Marvel UK, The77 and more.

He’s also the creator of Brickman, Sgt Shouty and Tom Thug, amongst many others, and has documented much British comic history through his own blog, and for various magazines.

Liverpool Heartbeat is the local children’s charity that has been changing lives for the better for over 20 years. Created by Robin Baynes MBE, the charity creates events round sport, athletics and literacy, working with many schools across the region. Using many of the top talents from the comic book world, Liverpool Heartbeat has created a series of unique comic books that will be available at this event.

Plaza Community Cinema Comic Book Day 2023

The Plaza Community Cinema is a unique, volunteer run community resource that offers dynamic film based education programmes to schools, the voluntary sector and the general public.

Since reopening as a community cinema in 1997, the three-screen Plaza has promoted a range of commercial, limited release, foreign language and cult film. More importantly, it has developed an innovative menu of community events designed to promote the social, educational and inspirational value of film. It is one of the few charities in the UK to provide essential community facilities and encourage social inclusion through a cinema.

• Plaza Community Cinema Comic Book Day 2023, 10.00 – 5.00pm Saturday 25th March 2023, Plaza Community Cinema, Crosby Road North, Liverpool L22 0LD| Followed by two film screenings, titles to be announced

Ticket information coming soon – check out plazacinema.org.uk for more information or follow the Plaza Community Cinema on Facebook

ARGH!: The Ups and Downs of Life as a Comic Book Creator: I was Spider-Man’s Editor by Tim Quinn (AmazonUK Affiliate Link)

Out in the UK on 6th March 2023 | ISBN 978-1912587797

ARGH!: The Ups and Downs of Life as a Comic Book Creator: I was Spider-Man's Editor

“ARGH!!” was the first word Tim Quinn uttered on arrival on this planet back in 1953. The way things are going he believes it is likely to be the last word he utters too. He certainly manages to cram a lot in between birth and death. As he explains, “Life is all downhill after the age of….two.”

While still in his crib, the world of comic books enters his life as his elder brother’s copy of the Beano causes a house fire leaving tiny Tim trapped in a smoke-filled room. Even earlier than that, we hear how he was born striped due to his mother’s wartime diet of powdered eggs causing her to nickname him ‘Tiger Tim’ after her favourite comic book character.

Education under the iron fist of the Irish Christian Brothers leaves Quinn with a diploma for playing truant. They insist on him entering either the banking or holy clerical professions. Instead, at age sixteen, he runs away to become a clown in Blackpool Tower Circus. And so begins a life in what he describes as the world of synchronicity.

“I always seemed to meet the right people at exactly the right time.” One job leads to another as we follow Tim’s hilarious life of ups and downs across the multiverse of circus, theatre, BBC television, comic books, newspapers, magazines, books, documentaries and music. Celebrities abound round every corner from Beatles to Stan Lee, and the Pope to Hugh Hefner.

Fully illustrated with Tim’s own personal behind-the-scenes photos and memorabilia.

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.



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